Mix-and-Match Cocktail Meatballs
These yummy meatballs make the perfect appetizer for all your holiday gatherings, plus they’re super easy to make all on your own!
1. Pick Your Meat
Preheat the oven to 425˚. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put 1 pound ground meat in a large bowl (choose one or a combination).
- Ground beef
- Ground turkey
- Ground pork
- Meatloaf mix (beef, pork and veal)
2. Choose A Binder
Add 3/4 cup of one of the following to the meat.
- Saltines, crushed
- Butter crackers, crushed
3. Add Seasonings
Add 1 teaspoon herbs or spices to the meat (choose one).
- Ras el hanout
- Chili powder
- Fresh ginger, grated
- Fresh thyme, chopped
4. Make the Meatballs
Add 1 large egg, 1 grated garlic clove, 1/2 grated onion, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the meat mixture. If desired, add 1 cup shredded cheddar, mozzarella or monterey jack or 1/2 cup grated parmesan. Mix until well combined. Form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 28) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, 13 to 15 minutes.
5. Pick a Glaze
Choose a flavor, then combine the glaze ingredients in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the baked meatballs and bring to a steady simmer. Cook, turning the meatballs, until the sauce thickens into a glaze, 12 to 18 minutes.
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 5 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup chili sauce (such as Heinz)
- 1/2 cup jellied cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 chopped canned chipotle pepper, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup apricot preserves
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
6. Finish with a Topping
Transfer the meatballs to a platter, sprinkle with one of the following and serve with toothpicks.
- Scallions, sliced
- Chives, chopped
- Cilantro, chopped
- Toasted sesame seeds
Photograph by Ralph Smith